Suicide bomber kills 17 police and soldiers in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:56am EST

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a mosque in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 17 paramilitary soldiers and policemen, police said.

The mosque, which was heavily damaged, is beside a police station on the outskirts of Bannu, a town bordering North Waziristan, a hub of al Qaeda and Taliban militants. Officials said people were trapped in the rubble.

(Reporting By Kamran Haider; Editing by Robert Birsel)